I just wanted to post about my experience with Mirena. It seems like a lot of people just want to know how it has affected other people so that they can compare(Like Me).
I got my Mirena in January 19, 2010, 6 weeks after my third child was born. I do want to add that I had never been on birth control until I got it. Our first baby was unexpected but the other 2 were planned.
After getting Mirena I bled for the average amount of time. I think it was about 8 weeks. I got my normal(5 days) AF in April, skipped May, my AF in June was only about 3 days, July was 2 days, skipped August and September was a spotty 7 days. Before Mirena my usual cycle was 28 days for about 4 or 5 days. Around September my AF started to always come a week later than it should have and it was always spotty. So my cycle was about 40 days? Which was crazy. My AF was only a few days in Dec and Jan. I haven't had an AF since January '11.
The early symptoms were awful! I had nausea, headaches, dizzyness, feeling of bloating, discharge. I have always had fatigue so I don't know if I can really count that one. After about 9 months the symptoms started to go away. I wasn't able to drop my baby weight from the pregnancy, but my weight has been stable since having it. After the 9 months was over I started developing acne and stray black chin hairs. The acne isn't too bad but if it gets worse I am not keeping it in. And I can just tweeze the stray hairs.
I think I should also add that I wasn't really the type of person to get cramps. I would feel bloated the day before my AF and that was it. I still do get a feeling of being bloated every now and then. Sometimes I get a feeling that I think may be my left ovary usually around the time I would have my AF. I am assuming.
I always try to read up on other womens experiences with Mirena so I could get an idea of what's kind of normal. I am not a member of babycenter,com forums but there is group that I view there about Mirena/Paragard Users. Usually I google "pregnant mirena paragard users" and it comes up. It looks like everyone worries about getting pregnant on an IUD. My husband and I haven't used any other protection and so far we are doing well (knock on wood). But it seems like a lot of people getting pregnant are using paragard.
So I hope that this helped someone and maybe could help encourage others to post their experience, because I am sure someone out there would want to read it. Thanks and if you have any questions you can just ask it here I guess.